Po­lice pur­suit of drug sus­pects ends in Guangzhou shoot­ing

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - CHINA - By ZHENG CAIXIONG in Guangzhou zheng­caix­iong@ chi­nadaily.com.cn

A sus­pected drug traf­ficker was shot dead in the street while an­other was de­tained by po­lice in Guangzhou on Wed­nes­day morn­ing.

The in­ci­dent took place in Dashi town­ship, Panyu district, at about 5 am, when a po­lice car col­lided with the sus­pects’ ve­hi­cle af­ter a road pur­suit.

Drug en­force­ment of­fi­cers from Foshan, about 20 kilo­me­ters from Guangzhou, cap­i­tal of Guang­dong prov­ince, opened fire when the men re­sisted ar­rest and at­tempted to run away. Po­lice had pur­sued the sus­pects from Foshan.

The glass door of a nearby com­mer­cial build­ing was shat­tered dur­ing the shootout. Po­lice im­me­di­ately blocked off the scene and nearby roads for fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

The sound of gun­fire at­tracted a large num­ber of res­i­dents who mis­tak­enly thought a gang­ster film was be­ing shot in the area.

“The sus­pects did not back down when po­lice warned them be­fore open­ing fire,” a wit­ness who gave her name as Chen said.

She said the shoot­ing “will help to de­ter crim­i­nals and re­duce drug-re­lated crime in the city, which has a high crime rate, par­tic­u­larly around the time of the Lu­nar New Year”, which next year falls on Jan 28.

A po­lice of­fi­cer with the Guang­dong Public Se­cu­rity Depart­ment de­clined to pro­vide more de­tails on the in­ci­dent, say­ing that an in­ves­ti­ga­tion is on­go­ing.

The in­ci­dent caused heavy traf­fic con­ges­tion in the sur­round­ing area.

On Tues­day, Guang­dong po­lice an­nounced they had busted six cross-bor­der gun­smug­gling gangs in a re­cent op­er­a­tion, de­tain­ing 200 sus­pects, in­clud­ing one from Tai­wan.

More than 220 firearms, 15,000 rounds of am­mu­ni­tion and many raw ma­te­ri­als used in the pro­duc­tion of weapons were seized in the op­er­a­tion, which was launched in 21 cities this month.

The gangs pur­chased weapons from Hong Kong and sold them on­line to buy­ers across the coun­try, ac­cord­ing to a state­ment from the Guang­dong Public Se­cu­rity Depart­ment.

The au­thor­ity warned that those who own or sell weapons are in vi­o­la­tion of Chi­nese law and pledged to spare no ef­forts in the fight against gun crime.

num­ber of sus­pects de­tained in an op­er­a­tion that busted six cross-bor­der gun-smug­gling gangs in Guang­dong prov­ince

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